It’s Not Just Public Schools

Woke $57k-a-year NYC Private School Bans Students from Saying Mom and Dad, Asking Where Classmates Vacation, Etc…

  • Grace Church School in NoHo, which costs $57k a year, has offered a 12-page guide for staff, students and parents on ‘inclusive language’
  • ‘Mom’, ‘Dad’ or ‘parents’ are outlawed for ‘grown-ups, folks, family or guardian’
  • It urges them not to wish anyone a ‘Merry Christmas’ or even a ‘Happy Holidays’
  • And asks for an end to questions on where a person went on vacation  
  • It comes as conservatives in NYC complain that the Big Apple’s private schools have been infiltrated by a hard-left mentality 

A woke Manhattan school that charges parents $57,000 a year has issued a glossary of terms they claim will make the facility a more ‘inclusive’ place. Grace Church School in NoHo has offered a 12-page guide to staff, students and parents that encourages them to stop using ‘mom’ and ‘dad’, to stop asking classmates where they may have gone on vacation. and urges them not to wish anyone a ‘Merry Christmas‘  – or even a ‘Happy Holidays’.

The Episcopal school also offers courses and after-school programs for its students that include single-gender groups, a Roots of Empathy program, and a course called ‘Allying: Why? Who? and How?’ which is offered to seniors.

Grace Church school issued its ‘inclusion glossary’ for 2021 which it claims will ‘remove harmful assumptions from the way we interact with each other’.

‘While we recognize hateful language that promotes racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination are already addressed in our school handbooks, we also recognize that we can do more than ban hateful language; we can use language to create welcoming and inclusive spaces,’ it states. The guide also warns readers to ‘be aware that people may not always welcome questions, and they are not obligated to respond’.

Rev. Robert M. Pennoyer II, the assistant head of school, City Journal in a statement that the decision was made to introduce the glossary as Grace is an Episcopal school.

‘As part of our Episcopal identity, we recognize the dignity and worth common to humanity,’ he said. He added that the guide comes ‘from our desire to promote a sense of belonging for all of our students’.

Among the topics covered in the guide is the language surrounding gender, families, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, religion, disability, and socioeconomics.

Under gender, it urges for ‘boys and girls’, ‘guys’, ‘ladies and gentlemen’ to be abandoned in favor of the likes of ‘people’, ‘folks’, ‘friends’, ‘readers’, or even ‘mathematicians’.

It even encourages for those terms to be changed when reading books, using child, person, or character instead of ‘the boy/girl on this page’.

And pet names are out of the question, with ‘sweetheart’ and ‘honey’ to be replaced only with the child’s name or a description of what the child is wearing if that is not known. 

‘Mom’, ‘Dad’ or ‘parents’ are also outlawed for ‘grown-ups, folks, family or guardian’. Nanny and babysitter must also be change to caregiver or guardian. ‘Families are formed and structured in many ways,’ the school states. 

‘At Grace Church School, we use inclusive language that reflects this diversity. It’s important to refrain from making assumptions about who kids live with, who cares for them, whether they sleep in the same place every night, whether they see their parents, etc.’

The school also warns for staff and students to ‘be mindful of the language we use in order to avoid making assumptions about people as we engage in conversation that touches on religion’.

Asking someone ‘what religion are you?’ is outlawed in favor of ‘Are any religious/faith traditions important to you?’

And even the once neutral ‘Happy holidays’ much be replaced with ‘Have a great break’. But following the break, the guide also cautions against using any language that would assume a person was able to take a vacation.

The school attendees are asked to question what a person learned during their time off, instead of asking where they may have gone.

And they are also called on not to be presumptuous about the resources that people may have at home.

‘At Grace Church School, we work to be mindful of the language we use in order to avoid making assumptions about people and their available resources as we engage in conversations that touch on socioeconomics,’ the school states.

Under many of the topics within the guide, the school has also included a list of outdated terms which all should avoid. These include ‘real’ parents over ‘birth’ parents, sexual preference, homosexual, colorblind, Caucasian, colored people, diverse person, and slow learner. It concludes with a section that explains newer terms such as microaggression, and affinity groups, as well as definitions on how they view anti-racism and white supremacy.

In the classroom, students are also introduced to the same kind of ‘inclusion’ language with a Roots of Empathy program for 4th graders that involves bringing a community infant and parent into the classroom to visit every three weeks through the school year. ‘A trained instructor coaches students to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings,’ the school explains. ‘Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.’

There is also a Gender Group where grade 6-8 meet bi-weekly in single gender groups facilitated by Middle School faculty.

‘Groups discuss gender-related issues, stereotypes, what it means to be authentic and to make good decisions,’ the school claims.

‘At all gender group meetings, students are encouraged to explore the idea of a gender spectrum, looking beyond the restrictive notion of a binary gender system.’

Grace Church School has described itself as an institution that ‘aims to establish in its students firmly rooted confidence in themselves and their abilities’.

It comes as New York City conservatives complain about the hard left, ‘woke’ culture they believe has infiltrated the Big Apple’s private schools.

Last month, journalist Megyn Kelly revealed that she took her three children out of NYC private schools after the teaching took a ‘hard left’ turn. Her sons attended the $55,900-a-year Collegiate School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Her daughter is believed to have attended the $57,385-a-year Spence School on the Upper East Side. ‘They were definitely leftist – we are more center right – but that was fine; my whole family are Democrats,’ she told Bill Maher.

‘But then they went hard left, and then they started to take a really hard turn toward social justice stuff.’ She said her sons’ school in particular troubled her. When he was in third grade, she said, they ‘unleashed a three-week experimental trans-education program.’ Kelly said it was difficult for her son to understand, and not helpful. Her son was in a class where the children were eight and nine at the time. ‘It wasn’t about support — we felt that it was more like they were trying to convince them,’ she said. ‘Like, come on over.’ She also said her kindergartner, Thatcher, ‘was told to write a letter to the Cleveland Indians objecting to their mascot.’ Kelly said: ‘He’s six. Can he learn how to spell Cleveland before we activate him?’ She added: ‘If he’s going to be activated, Doug and I should do it.’

Kelly said it was a question of ‘reason and unreason’.